Best of China

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Best of China

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Length of trip:

15 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1999 to $ 2399

Best travel dates to go:

Jun 18, 2008 to Jul 02, 2008; Sep 10, 2008 to Sep 23, 2008; Oct 29, 2008 to Nov 12, 2008; Oct 01, 2008 to Oct 15, 2008; Jul 16, 2008 to Jul 30, 2008; Oct 15, 2008 to Oct 29, 2008; Sep 24, 2008 to Oct 08, 2008; Nov 05, 2008 to Nov 19, 2008;


Detailed Description of this trip:

Along with Beijing, Xian and our deluxe 5 day Yangtze Cruise on board the MS Victoria Empress, the highlight of this program is the addition of 2 nights in Guilin featuring a sailing down the mystical Li River and the "Window to the West", Guangzhou! First class all the way! It is also the choice itinerary for adding our 2 night Hong Kong extension at the end – for a truly Best of China experience!



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    USA-Beijing.
    Commercial Flight

    Overnight flights to China.

  • Day 2 - Beijing

    Arrival in Beijing.

    Arrive in China’s capital and transfer to your first class hotel.

    Food and Dining

    Meals are on your own today.

  • Day 3 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Morning city tour to the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

    Food and Dining

    Lunch is on your own. The evening is reserved for your special Peking Duck Dinner. (B, SD)

  • Day 4 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    This morning you will depart for an excursion to the Great Wall, where lunch will be served after the tour. On your way back you will be visiting a jade factory.

    Sightseeing

    The remainder of the afternoon is free and dinner is on your own.

    Optional
    Performing Arts

    Peking Opera in the evening. (B, L)

  • Day 5 - Beijing

    Sightseeing

    Today we head to the old Hutong District of Beijing where you will enjoy a rickshaw-ride which will take you to visit a local Chinese family who will cook and share their lunch with you.

    Shopping

    After that pay a visit to the Silk Market.

    Relaxation

    The rest of the day is at leisure and dinner is on your own.

    Optional
    Performing Arts

    Summer Palace and evening Folk Dance Dinner Show available. (B, L

  • Day 6 - Yichang

    Beijing - Yichang.
    Commercial Flight

    Fly to Yichang in the morning.

    Food and Dining

    Here you spend the day and have lunch and dinner at local restaurants.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Embark on your deluxe “floating hotel” for check-in and overnight. (B, L, D)

  • Day 7 - At Sea

    Visit Three Gorges Dam.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, enjoy your excursion to the Three Gorges Dam.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Upon returning to the ship, set sail as you pass through the gigantic locks on your way through the first of the three large Gorges - the Xiling Gorge. (B, L, D)

  • Day 8 - At Sea

    Shennong Stream/Daning River.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Pass through the Wu Gorge and enjoy a special treat: embark on small motorized sampans for an excursion along either the the Shennong Stream or Daning River, both tributaries of the Yangtze. There you will have the opportunity to view unique flora and fauna, the 1000 year old “hanging coffins” of the ancient Ba people and also stop and visit local villages.

    Sailing

    In the afternoon continue sailing through the Qutang Gorge.

    Food and Dining

    Enjoy our special Crew Revue after dinner! (B, L, D)

  • Day 9 - At Sea

    Shibaozhai/Fengdu.
    Sightseeing

    Today make a stop at either Shibaozhai or Fengdu, both typical Yangtze riverside towns where your tour will highlight all of the local attractions.

    Food and Dining

    Then, as you sail on, prepare for our Captain’s Farewell Dinner followed by a Karaoke party. (B, L, D)

  • Day 10 - Chongqing

    Chongqing - Xian.
    Sightseeing

    Arrive in Chongqing, where you disembark, and your China adventure continues by land. Stop at the Panda Exhibit and the "Grand Hall" featuring Chinese paintings before flying to Xian.

    Commercial Flight

    Fly to Xian.

    On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner is on your own tonight. (B, L)

  • Day 11 - Xian

    Museums

    This exciting day will begin with a tour of the magnificent History Museum, where the 8000 Terra-Cotta Warriors of the emperor Qi have been buried for over 2000 years!

    Sightseeing

    You will have lunch at the museum and afterwards visit a lacquer ware factory.

    Performing Arts

    The evening is reserved for a fabulous Tang Dynasty dinner and show. (B, L, SD)

  • Day 12 - Guilin

    Xian-Guilin.
    Commercial Flight

    Fly to Guilin in the morning.

    Sightseeing

    Upon arrival you will visit Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk.

    Hotel

    Check into your first class hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

  • Day 13 - Guilin

    Sailing

    Today you will sail down the magnificent Li River.

    Sightseeing

    On your way back to Guilin, visit a pearl workshop.

    Performing Arts

    Enjoy dinner with a show at the Minority Performance Theater. (B, L, SD)

  • Day 14 - Guangzhou

    Guilin- Guangzhou.
    Commercial Flight

    After breakfast, board your morning flight to China’s “window to the west” Guangzhou.

    Sightseeing

    On arrival, enjoy a half day tour of this bustling city including a visit to the memorial complex of Dr. Sun-Yat- sen, known as the Father of China.

    Food and Dining

    End the day with a special farewell dim-sum dinner at a local restaurant. (B, SD)

  • Day 15 - Guangzhou

    Guangzhou – Home or Optional Extension to Hong Kong. (see below)

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights home or extend your China adventure by taking the 3 hour hydrofoil to Hong Kong (China services end with transfers to either the airport or port terminal). (B)

  • Day 15 -Hong Kong Optional Extension - Guangzhou

    Guangzhou - Hong Kong.
    Hotel

    On arrival to Hong Kong, transfer to your 4* hotel (Miramar or similar) for check-in. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings on your own. (B)

  • Day 16 - Hong Kong Optional Extension - Hong Kong (SAR)

    Sightseeing

    Your half day tour will include stops at the renowned Stanley’s market and Floating village and a ride up magnificent Victoria Peak.

    Shopping

    The afternoon is free for bargain shopping at one of many nearby shops and markets.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner on own. (B)

  • Day 17 - Hong Kong Optional Extension - Hong Kong (SAR)

    Hong Kong – Home.

    After breakfast, with empty pockets but a suitcase full of memories, transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

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